Killer Penguin Barleywine | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Killer Penguin BarleywineKiller Penguin Barleywine

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red-amber with a fair amount of tan head. Fair lacing and good legs. Head didn't hold all that well though. Aroma is of sweet toffee malts, earthy hops, and a bit of oak-like wood. High carbonation and medium body give it a pretty enjoyable mouthfeel. Taste follows aroma very closely.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color (the bottle says garnet, which is a perfect description - but it would be cheesy to copy the description off the bottle label) with perfect clarity. Poured with a fluffy, rich, white foam with nice retention that left lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Sweet caramel malt aroma with boozy notes.   the thicker side of medium bodied with slightly subdued carbonation and a slick, oily feel. Sweet, caramel malt flavor with light hop bitterness through the middle, boozy notes toward the end, and a sweet, sticky, finish. A very malt forward ale with little hop character.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep red hue to a beer poured from a 12oz bottle to a large bulbed tulip glass. A thick and creamy off-white head forms to about two fingers. Head retention is above average for the style as the foam eventually dies to a thick, frothy ring. Lacing is a mix of spotty and thick pillows all around the glass.

S- Rich but not quite as strong as some other examples of the style. A few distinct things do come to mind though. The yeast brings some spicy dark fruit esters that are presented with malty notes of toasted nuts, caramel and slight sweets. Hops come alive with some citrus after warming up.

T- Opens up quite a bit compared to the aroma. The yeast and fruity esters intensify with spicy raisin, apple (not acetylaldehyde) and vinous notes. Malts have a fresh cracked grain, caramel toasty and nutty feel and are fairly rich; just a bit of roast too. Moderately-low sweetness. Also has hints of cocoa, brown sugar, molasses and a bit of citrus hops in the finish.

MF- Thick bodied and pretty chewy creaminess lending a nice overall texture. Carbonation is moderately high for the style but works well with what flavors are present. Finishes with a medium warmth and bitterness coating the palate.

Interesting flavors but the overall finished product just doesn't really stand out compared to other Barleywines. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to someone but it also isn't a great example of the style. The yeast fruit is just a bit too strong in the end.

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3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Deep mahogany with a tinge of ruby, nice to look at. About 2 fingers of dense head that is fairly persistent with some lacing. Smell is mostly candied fruit and caramel with a little booze.

Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy and sticky feel, carbonation on the light side of medium. The taste is predictable--what you smell is what you get. A lot of caramel malt accompanied by dark candied fruit and brown sugar. Very little hops to speak of. It's kind of a rush of sweetness, with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, I like it. But I seem to remember liking it more the first time I tried it. I guess the worst I can say is that it is best enjoyed by splitting a bottle with a friend. The sweetness becomes a bit too much as I near the last few ounces. I feel it could be better with a little stronger hop profile. That being said, I will be buying it again next winter.

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Killer Penguin Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.57 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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